Housewives Society fund raiser show
The annual fund raiser show of the Dehiwala Housewives Welfare Society will be
held on Saturday, October 27, at the Empire Ballroom, Mt. Lavinia Hotel, from 9
a.m. onwards. The Society is a non-religious welfare organisation, and a very
colourful programme has been lined up for entertainment.
A part of the proceeds of this show will be utilised to serve the needs of
orphanages, homes for the aged and the under privileged of the area.
For further information contact Ranjini Fernando on 2716304 or Dr. Mrs. Selvam
Fernando on 2738948.
In preparation for this Christmas
General Manager, Grand Oriental Hotel, Prajantha Ratwatte along with Senior
Managers assisting chefs in mixing the ingredients of the Christmas cake. The
management of Grand Oriental Hotel are in the process of organising events for
the festive season.
Celebrating 30 years of service to the motherland
The Sinhala Association of Sri Lankans in UK celebrated its 30 Years of Service
to the Motherland on October 6, at a grand function held at John Kelly College
in North West London. Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and the Head of the
Sri Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury Ven. Galayaye
Piyadassi Nayaka Thero and Ven. Kondagnna Thero also attended the ceremony. A
documentary film presenting a glimpse of the extraordinary account of the
30-year work of the Association was shown.
Heart patient seeks assistance
U. D. K. Udawatta of
No. 257/1, Gonamaditha Road, Kesbewa, Piliyandala is suffering from a heart
ailment and specialist Heart Surgeon of Nawaloka Hospital Dr. Y. K. M. Lahie has
advised him to undergo an immediate transplant of a new valve.
The surgery costs about Rs. 450,000 and difficulties have arisen in finding this
huge amount. Contributions can be credited to A/C No. 103-2001-6054-7521 Peoples
Bank, Piliyandala. Telephone No: 011 5662656, 0776-727027.
Pianist par excellance Shani Diluka
Invited by the Alliance Française de Colombo, along with the Embassy of
France in Sri Lanka the internationally acclaimed young Sri Lankan pianist Shani
Diluka will perform on Monday, October 29, at the Leeds International School,
Galle, at 6.30 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, at the Faculty of Engineering,
University of Peradeniya, Kandy, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, at the
Bishop’s College Auditorium, Colombo 3, at 7 p.m.
Australian Derrick Junkeer with Misty
On October 27, BMICH will be overwhelmed by the presence of one of the greatest
golden voices of the entertainment industry, Derrick Junkeer.
Junkeer, a well respected international singing artiste, has been entertaining
music lovers, both young and old for over 30 years.
He will be accompanied by two support acts of international standard. Deborah
Wilson, who has worked with numerous professional entertainers in NYC as a lead
vocalist and backup vocalist and who has also worked with a production company
performing various Broadway theatre songs and Kellie Smythe, a well seasoned
performer who has appeared in many TV shows and has captivated audiences
worldwide with her stunning vocal ability. All three of them from Australia
along with well known Sri Lankan performers will be backed by the famous band
The biggest and the grandest beer festival in Germany is the Oktoberfest,
where large crowds gather to enjoy the festive atmosphere with lots of fun, food
and beverage! Celebrating the occasion, Hilton Colombo is once again ready to
rock the city from October 26 to November 4, at its Sports Club car park.
Oktoberfest was originally started in Munich as a royal wedding on October 12,
1811. The famous beer tents were introduced in 1896 and have now become the main
focus of the festival. The German beer festival is usually scheduled for only
two weeks ending in the first weekend of October. 30% of the annual production
of Munich’s breweries is consumed in these few days.
Colombo Branch of the Old Girls’ Association of St. Anthony’s Girls’ College,
Kandy will be hosting a Gala Coffee Morning at the Water’s Edge on October 27
between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Roshani Perera on
0777846843 or Renuka Lopez 072 274 4744.
UKLanka Times Community Awards 2007
Times Community Awards 2007, the biggest ever Sri Lankan event in the United
Kingdom was staged on October 13, at Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock, London.
The UKLanka Times Community Awards aims to acknowledge and honour the most
outstanding individuals and organisations within the Sri Lankan community in the
United Kingdom. During a nomination and voting process spanning 12 months, close
to 70,000 people cast their votes in eight different categories that are
representative of Sri Lankan expatriate life in the United Kingdom. These
included Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Achiever of
the Year, Outstanding Charity, Best Restaurant. The UKLanka Times Community
Awards was first conceptualized in July 2005, at the launch of UKLanka Times
magazine, the first ever glossy monthly for UK-based Sri Lankans.
UKLanka Times will donate all profits from the event to Dedunu, the chosen
charity of the awards. Located in Ratmalana, just south of Colombo, Dedunu is a
unique charity that has, over the past that aims to uplift the lives of single
parents and their children through education and the improvement of career
Negombo Photographers Association held its 3rd
Annual Wild Life Workshop at the Wasgomuwa National Park from recently. The
Chairman of The Wild Circle, the society for wildlife photographers,
Deshashakthi Rohan Fonseka conducted the workshop.
Following are the winners of the Wildlife Photography Competition held at the
YMCA Conference Hall, Katunayake organised by The Wild Circle followed by the
Seated (from left) Winner for Best Videography, Nuwan Fonseka, Workshop
Conductor, Deshashakthi Rohan Fonseka, Chairman, The Wild Circle, Dhammika
Kummara, Winner Open Category 1, Priyantha Fernando, Winner Digital Photo
Standing (from left) 1st Runnerup Video Graphic, Rohan Manjula, Winner Best
Quality Laboratary and Merit Award Winner, Clifford J. Murray, Winner Wild Life
Project Report Album, Hidly Jusena, 2nd Runnerup Open Category, Winner Best
Quality Print and Best Student of the Workshop, Tyrone Jayantha, 1st Runnerup
Open Student of the Workshop, Benadic Manthrige and 2nd Runnerup Original
Category, Malcolm Peiris.
1st Runnerup Digital, C. Saman Fernando and 2nd Runnerup Videography, Malaka
Chameen are not in the photograph.
Romesh de Mel appointed CCC President
Cinnamon Gardens Police Civil Community Group elected Romesh de Mel as its
The Civil Community Empowerment Committee of the Cinnamon Gardens Police Area, (CCC)
since its inauguration, has been able to move forward into yet another term of
activity. At its recently conducted Annual General Meeting, the outstanding work
accomplished by the founder President Air Vice- Marshal Maurice Fernando (Rtd.)
was appreciated and the new President, Romesh de Mel was inducted into office.
The new Committee, following the AGM held in September includes Dr. Geethanjana
Mendis, Dr. J.B. Peiris, Themiya Hurulle, Hyder Alaudeen, Chantal de Saram, Dr.
Sweenitha Dissanayake, T.Kumaraverl, Arun Dias Bandaranaike and Gayani Udawatta.
Gamini Dissanayake - a charismatic,
23, 2007 marks the 13th death anniversary of Gamini Dissanayake. He met with his
untimely tragic death following a bomb explosion while participating in his own
presidential campaign meeting. His sudden demise was an irreparable loss to all
citizens of Sri Lanka. Had he survived and become the president of Sri Lanka, we
would have by now become a fully developed country.
He was a lawyer by profession who sacrificed a lucrative career to become a
politician. He entered politics in the early 1970’s The late leader drew
inspiration from famous leaders like D. S. Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and J.
R. Jayewardene He was a person of courage who always stood up for what was
right; a humanist, , honest, upright, humble and an exemplary politician.
He was initially elected a Member of Parliament by winning a seat in the Nuwara
Eliya-Maskeliya by- election in 1972. As a young and a energetic politician and
as the people’s representative in the Nuwara Eliya District, he gave yeoman
service to all his constituents, using his typical charismatic approach
irrespective of caste, creed and religion. He was one person who never engaged
in petty, diverse and partisan politics. He always tried to solve the numerous
problems of people. His vision was very clear, and he never made false and
His humility and friendly disposition endeared to him a large cross section of
friends. He was held in high esteem by the superiors and colleagues and was even
respected by his political opponents.
When the United National Party won the Parliamentary elections in 1977, he was
entrusted during the tenure of the government to hold several Ministerial
portfolios; Irrigation, Power, Construction, Lands, Land Development, Mahaweli,
Plantation Industries and Highways.
The most gigantic and challenging task entrusted to him, was of course the
historical Accelerated Mahaweli Project. The toughest challenge he confronted
was the exercise of evacuating approximately 6000 families from over 50 villages
who lived in the valley of the Kotmale reservoir.
The Kotmale reservoir was one among other reservoirs Victoria, Randenigala,
Rantembe, Ulhitiya. Rathkinka and Maduruoya to be built and commissioned under
the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme. This multipurpose river
diversion scheme also included the development of several canals and waterways
modern technology under the able administration of the great leader.
The accelerated Mahaweli Development project was undoubtedly the largest Project
with foreign collaboration undertaken in our history. It was~ initially targeted
to be completed in 30 years. However, owing to his enormous skill and
charismatic leadership, it was successfully completed in an unbelievable short
period of just seven years. The Kotmale reservoir was commissioned on 24th
August 1985. The proposal to rename the Kotmale reservoir was made by the then
Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe to pay homage and tribute to Gamini
Dissanayake. On the 11th April 2003 the Kotmale reservoir was renamed as ‘Gamini
Dissanayake Reservoir’ in the presence of several distinguished invitees. The
event was very significant as it took place at a time when the farmers of this
country were blessed with a bumper paddy harvest after a long period of time.
Apart from these valuable contributions he was chiefly instrumental in obtaining
full ICC status for Sri Lanka to play Test cricket. He was appointed the
President of then Board of Control of Cricket in Sri Lanka on two occasions. It
was largely his efforts, that helped Sri Lanka to be admitted as a full member
of the ICC to play Test Cricket.
Another significant contribution made by him to International cricket, was
persuading the ICC, to allow the 1987 World Cup to be hosted outside England for
the first time, arguing that ,” it was time that we globalize this event in the
best interest of the game of cricket.”
It was however very unfortunate that his life was ended tragically before our
triumph at the Wills World Cup in 1996. As a fitting tribute to him skipper
Arjuna Ranatunga and his team handed over the World Cup to Madam Srima
Dissanayake , at their residence at Alfred House Gardens.
May he soon attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
A gentleman and journalist par excellance!
Fernando, well known Journalist, Press Officer and latterly Senior Assistant
Secretary (Information) to President Ransinghe Premdasa passed away peacefully
at his residence at the age of 65 years, exemplifying the non controversial and
non turbulent life he led. Integrity and humility were essentially
characteristic of Anthony.
Anthony was the third son of well educated and affluent parents; Dr. Luke
Fernando and Mrs. Noeline Fernando of Negombo. Dr. Luke brought up his children
in a culturally undiluted rural environment, principally as good Christians and
secondly as dutiful responsible citizens. Anthony received his education at
Maristella College, Negombo, and had a flair for languages, particularly English
and Sinhala. He blossomed as a balanced, independent professional journalist
beyond bribery in cash or kind.
As a sportsman, Anthony knew how to play fair and accept both victory and defeat
with equanimity. Anthony joined the Times Group as a journalist and learnt his
trade under the most respected Editor of the Daily Mirror, Reggie Michael. His
progress as a journalist was steady and he rose to the position of News Editor
of the Daily Mirror in the 1970’s.
I knew Anthony since 1979, when the then Prime Minister Mr. Ranasinghe Premadasa
invited Anthony to join his media team. We maintained an excellent official cum
personal relationship for 28 years. It was a highly professional and disciplined
relationship in his official journalistic capacity and an exemplary caring and
sharing partnership in his personal life. In view of the insatiable appetite of
Prime Minister Premadasa for image building, it was a challenging time for all
of us at Transworks House. The Prime Minister wanted ceaseless publicity for the
massive urban development, housing and village reawakening projects launched by
him. The media team headed by his Press Secretary Evans Cooray and Press Officer
Anthony Fernando proved equal to the challenges stipulated by Mr. Ranasinghe
Anthony wrote well and effortlessly in both English and Sinhala. He could also
translate from English to Sinhala and vice versa. Investigative journalism was
not his forte. He excelled in reporting, feature writing and interviewing
dignitaries. He had a fantastic memory of people, events and sources of
information which undoubtedly is a useful journalistic attribute. After his
retirement from the Public Service, being an invaluable journalistic asset, he
was invited by The Nation newspaper to function as a consultant.
Mr. Anthony Fernando was an unassuming, harmless and saintly character. As civil
servants we were taught to comply first and complain later. In Anthony’s case he
always complied and never complained. He knew how to win friends and influence
people. Perseverance and application to detail were the hallmark of his success.
He did not gossip nor did he denounce anyone. He was privy to state secrets,
political maneuvers and even family quarrels of his bosses. Never did he breathe
a word to the media or the outside world.
As members of the Prime Ministerial or Presidential entourage, we travelled on
numerous official and state visits. He was a great travelling companion and
reliable aide who meticulously made elaborate preparations to meet the numerous
demands, high standards and time targets set out by Mr. Ranasinghe Premadasa.
His only weakness was getting into office late. Anthony acquired the habit of
coming late to office from his journalistic days. Whenever Prime Minister
Premadasa questioned him on this, Anthony attributed it to his having to travel
from Jaela by bus. So, Mr. Premadasa the shrewd strategist, immediately
allocated a flat from Gunasinghapura, a stone’s throw away from Sucharitha. One
day, Mr. Premadasa entrusted an urgent translation to Anthony and asked him to
bring it to Sucharitha at 8.00 a.m. the following day. At 8.30 a.m. after
repeated telephone calls Anthony had not arrived. So, Mr. Premadasa, in his
inimitable style, went to Anthony’s flat and saw him running down the stairs.
Anthony was excited. Mr. Premadasa asked him to calm down. Anthony made no
excuses such as bad stomach or high fever, but it was the last time Anthony got
late for his appointments.
Anthony was a loving and caring husband and father of two lovely children. If we
had more of Anthony’s calibre, Sri Lanka will be a better place to live in
today. May his soul rest in peace.
Former Secretary to the
October 23 & 24
Voyage En Sol Majeur by Georgi Lazareski (2005, 54 minutes) in French with
English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo, 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.
Man on the Moon (1999, 118 minutes) at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
Subha Saha Yasa, by Sriyantha Mendis, at the Elphinston Theatre, at
The Crisis In Ourselves, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the
Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.
Royal College Primary School Prefects Day, at the Navarangahala, at 9 a.m. About
90 Grade 5 students who have excelled in both studies and sports would be given
their Prefect Badges on this day.
The Anuual Sale organised by the Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS) at the GFS Hall,
58 Green Path, Colombo 3, from 9 a.m. onwards. Miscellaneous items including
clothes, costume jewellery, greeting cards, books for children and
adults, plants, gift items and snacks will be on sale. There will also be a
Weekly Astrological Forecast for October 21 to 27
ARIES – Mesha
Ravi (Sun) in the 7th house and your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in 8th this week
will make you or your spouse suffer from heat-related or stomach ailments while
making both of you accident prone. A week where you will have to be cautious as
secret relationships will cause rifts in your family. Drawbacks in romantic
affairs especially for the young due to misunderstandings.
TAURUS – Vrushaba
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in your 4th house with Ravi (Sun) is traversing
your 6th house this week. You will engage yourself in construction of your
dwelling and purchase furniture. You will inherit property from your mother or
female relative. Your illnesses will recede. But you will suffer minor ailments
of your chest and will be restless due to mental agony.
GEMINI – Mithuna
Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) and Ravi (Sun) in your 5th house and Kuja
(Mars) in the 1st will make you exert your self in whatever you do. Income will
be satisfactory. Educational matters will face obstacles. Elders or superiors
will oppose your romantic affairs.
CANCER – Kataka
Ravi (Sun) traverses your 4th house with Sikuru (Venus) in the 2nd. Land or
house transaction will bring you profits or it may even be a vehicle
transaction. Those expecting employment will not find any solace this week.
Delays indicated for those involved in construction of houses. Students will
succeed in their activities amidsts obstacles.
LEO – Sinha
Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) traverses your 3rd house with Shani (Saturn) Kethu in
your 1st making this a week where you will carry on your work at home and
workplace amid many obstacles. A good week to purchase houses or vehicles.
Accidents or other problems indicated to your father, brothers or elder
relatives. Problems and obstacles in your career.
VIRGO – Kanya
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Ravi (Sun) in your 2nd house will make you
spend your wealth on wasteful matters. A week where you will spend more money on
females. Act wisely as you will tend to lose your respect in society due to
secret romantic affairs. You will achieve prominence in career.
LIBRA – Thula
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 11th house with Ravi (Sun) and
Budha (Mercury) in the 1st making this a week of good fortune. Increase in
income for those in the arts and business. Inheritance or assistance from your
wife’s family or from females. Married life will be peaceful. Will lose interest
in religious affairs.
SCORPIO – Vruschika
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 8th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing
your 12th makes this an expensive week. You will spend your wealth on your
father or elder. Decrease in cooperation from your superiors in career. Loss
indicated through documentation work. You will be dragged into land or property
SAGITTARIUS – Dhanu
Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) still in your 12th house with Ravi (Sun) in your
11th bringing mixed fortunes for you this week. Chances of inheritance from your
father. Cooperation from superiors indicated in career and increase in income.
Be extra patient as disputes indicated between spouses.
CAPRICORN – Makara
With lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in your 8th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 10th
this week, you will be able to perform your career with the cooperation of your
superiors amidst obstacles and problems. Enemy activity indicated but you will
overcome them. Letters or documents will bring you profits. Not very favourable
for marital partners.
AQUARIUS – Kumbha
Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) is in your 7th house with Ravi (Sun)
traversing your 9th. This week you will work with extra effort and haste in your
workplace. Will engage in long distance travel. You will face problems due to
your haste. Delays in construction work. Spouse will be afflicted by latent
PISCES – Meena
Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing
your 8th will bring misfortune on your father or elder relative. Disputes and
problems with them indicated. Success in purchase of land. Spouse will suffer
from stomach or nerve related ailments. Young romantic partners will face
obstacles. Secret attachments will disrupt life. Success indicated in foreign
employment or travel.
Sunday: 3.57 to 5.27
Monday: 6.57 – 8.27
Tuesday: 2.27 – 3.57
Wednesday: 11.27 – 12.57
Thursday: 12.57 – 2.27
Friday: 9.57 – 11.27
Saturday: 8.27 – 9.57
(Applicable both day and night)